Weight distribution through the golf swing using a sand iron, seven iron and driver
Glazier, Robert Matthew
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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The golf swing is a complex motor skill. Weight distribution during the golf swing is a small part of this sequential action but one that has received limited coverage. Thereforg the aim of this study was to investigate the differences in weight distribution using a sand iror¡ seven iron and driver at six selected different points ofthe golf swing. Six male elite collegiate golfers (mean * s: handicap 0-5, agæ22yrs + 2.38yrs, tnass: 85.4kg + 8.32k9 stature=188.83cm + 8.47cm+) were filmed indoors at the University of 'Wales Instituts Cardiff using a 3-CCD Sony DSR-PDIOOAP DVCAM digital camcorder. Each participant was instruøed to hit eighteen succ€ssive golf shots (six shots per golf club, three shots per foot) with the normal amount of effort applied when playing a round of competitive round of golf This dat¿ was then time coded and reviewed using Windows based Viglen 166 MIIZ PC using Bioware software and force values were retrieved from the data. Analysis was taken from different swing phases (address position, half backswing, top of the backswing, half downswing, impact and the follow through) obtaining vertical force data (Fz) at each point. Differences between the selected phases ofthe golf swing were then investigated using a onÈway ANOVA 'The frndings from this study produce no significant differences between clubs at any of six event phases during the golf swing. All golf swings were consistent in pattern and percentage body weight per foot for each club at each point. On a performance perspectivg this information would be an aid in indicating to beginners or higher handicaps to explain the importance of weight transference and distribution during the golf swing.
BSc (Hons) Sport, PE and Recreation
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